A very rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with early chronometer dial configuration displaying ‘floating graphics’ and mocha ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 6265 "The Midas Touch"
    Movement No: 1'219
    Case No: 3'752'013
    Model Name: Oyster Cosmograph
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual ,cal.727, 17jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet, end links stamped 71, max. length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: For a comparable example however reference 6263, please consult Ultimate Rolex Daytona by Pucci Papaleo Editions, pages 368 to 371.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in approximately 1969, reference 6265 was produced alongside its sibling reference 6263. A tool watch, the model was dressed in 14K or 18K yellow gold as a luxurious alternative to its stainless steel counterpart.

    Already uncommon due to its ‘Oyster Split’ champagne soleil-finished dial, this reference 6265 is even rarer thanks to its ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers. Floating below the “Rolex Oyster” signature, the “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” designation references the new chronometer certified movement. It was during the early 1970s that Rolex powered its gold Cosmographs with “COSC” movements. This layout is evidence of Rolex’s ever-changing technical and aesthetic developments.

    In addition to its unusual design, this dial has also aged wonderfully over the years. It exhibits intense mocha-colored subsidiary registers, giving the watch charisma and its own personal identity. The watch case is in nearly ‘mint’ condition. The sumptuous gold livery coupled with brown registers is utterly luxurious and eye-catching, like it was touched by Midas.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 6265 "The Midas Touch"
A very rare yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with early chronometer dial configuration displaying ‘floating graphics’ and mocha ‘tropical’ subsidiary registers

Circa 1973
37mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF120,000 - 240,000 

sold for CHF162,500

Contact Specialist
Tiffany To
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 96 63
tto@phillips.com

Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction 12 May 2018